Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

SIPI Students To Help ID Meteorites.(Metro & New Mexico)

Byline: John Fleck Journal Staff Writer

UNM Gets Funds From NASA for Lab

With the help of some money from NASA, University of New Mexico scientists plan to enlist students at Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute in the search for meteorites.

UNM's Institute of Meteoritics gets some 200 rocks a year from members of the public who bring them in for analysis, thinking they might be meteorites, according to institute scientist Horton Newsom.

Most aren't, but the process of telling the good from the bad will offer SIPI students a lesson in geology and the chance to help make the occasional rare find, Newsom said.

Thanks to a $402,000 grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, UNM and SIPI will set up a Meteorite Identification Laboratory next year at SIPI's Albuquerque campus. …

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